Refurbished Blue Cross Burford rehoming centre is officially open

MP Robert Courts cuts the ribbon

We’re delighted to announce that our refurbished Burford rehoming centre is officially open!

The £2.5m work was needed to replace outdated buildings at the rehoming centre in Oxfordshire, which originally opened in 1990.

The work has improved the housing for dogs and cats while they are waiting for their new homes and means we can help significantly more animals each year.

Last year, our Burford centre helped more than 1,700 sick, injured and homeless dogs, cats, small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs and horses.

Local MP Robert Courts cut the ribbon to officially open the new facilities, and joining him were a number of Blue Cross ambassador dogs and Shetland pony Tyrian.

Mr Courts, who owns two cats called Moab and Merritt, said: “I was honoured to open officially the rebuilt Blue Cross centre and I enjoyed seeing the facility in action.

“I would like to pay tribute to the charity's efforts to rebuild this fantastic centre, which will enable them to look after many more animals here in Burford.”

The new facilities, which include more spacious kennels for dogs with individual outdoor exercise areas, were funded by kind donations and legacies, and we’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has enabled the rebuild.

New admission facilities will help newly arrived dogs and cats to settle into centre life and begin their veterinary and behavioural assessments, and puppy and kitten facilities will provide a quiet and safe environment for the most vulnerable pregnant and nursing dogs and cats. The new puppy unit can house up to four nursing mums and their litters, and is located next to the staff team room to ensure puppies get vitally important early socialisation to help them to become happy, healthy pets.

There are also dog and cat isolation facilities where animals with infectious diseases can be nursed back to health, while preventing infection spreading to healthy animals.

Jenna Martyn, Centre Manager, said: “It’s wonderful to see the work completed and we have to thank our all supporters who helped make the new facilities possible. They will make such a difference to all our pets here at Burford.”